Real Sociedad v Espanyol Preview

April 18, 2014 | By

Coral Free BetsPrimera La Liga action Saturday Evening comes from the Estadio municipal de Anoeta featuring Real Sociedad versus Espanyol.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Real Sociedad v Espanyol Preview, Primera La Liga, Saturday 19th April 2014

With hopes of Champions League football next season now pretty much over with we could see Real Sociedad potentially push for Europa League action with just one point between them and Villarreal who are in 6th position. We do also see Real Sociedad have yet to host Villarreal at their own ground so if both clubs win the next four games we will see that result potentially decide who joins Sevilla in the Europa League. That being said Sevilla are not completely safe for that honor with just five points between them and no Europa League action.

Espanyol only have one position to fight for and that’s between 8th and 9th if they do manage to win the majority of their remaining games. Although if the miracle of Real Sociedad and Villarreal not winning any of their remaining games we could see this club steel a 6th place and Europa League finish. Again this would be a pure miracle and depend on three other clubs losing a majority if not all of their remaining five games. With a healthy ten points above the relegation battle Espanyol just need to earn seven points from their last five games to secure La Liga football next year. Again this depends on Getafe winning all of their games which I am sure will be very unlikely as they still need to face Barcelona and Sevilla.

Real Sociedad v Espanyol Team News

Real Sociedad Team News:

Real Sociedad are just missing one player due to injury for this game, with that being Spanish midfielder Xabi Prieto  who is suffering with a sprained ankle. We also see Frenchman Antoine Griezmann and Inigo Martinez missing due to serving suspensions after both reaching the yellow card limit.

Espanyol Team News:

Espanyol don’t have any players suspended for Saturdays game although they do have two players missing due to injuries. The first is the Brazilian Mattioni with a calf injury which wont be a huge knock as the twenty five year old has only played twice this season. The next is Mexican Hector Moreno who is out with a back injury. This player will be missed having played in twenty eight  league games and scoring twice doing so.

Real Sociedad v Espanyol Head to Head Statistics

When it comes down to the last 5 head to head statistic challenge both sides are equal here with a win each and then 3 draws. But in total they have met 33 times with Real Sociedad just being the better side with 13 wins to Espanyol’s 9. We also have a total of 11 draws with only 3 of these with Espanyol on their travels.

30/11/13 PRD Espanyol – Real Sociedad 1 : 2
31/03/13 PRD Espanyol – Real Sociedad
2 : 2
04/11/12 PRD Real Sociedad – Espanyol 0 : 1
07/04/12 PRD Espanyol – Real Sociedad 2 : 2
20/11/11 PRD Real Sociedad – Espanyol 0 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In these 33 games played between these two sides in the past we have a total of 65 goals scored. Which is giving us an average of just under 2 goals per game. Which as you can see with the above table it is slightly off with the results more unpredictable than not.

Real Sociedad v Espanyol Recent Form (Left to Right)

Real Sociedad: L W D L D

Espanyol: D W L L D

Both sides share the statistics when it comes to seeing who is in better form here and you can only favour the home side Real Sociedad here with them being ten points above their opponents. Real Sociedad are pushing for European football next season and are only one point shy of Villarreal who occupy that Europa League spot.

Real Sociedad v Espanyol Match Betting Odds Market.

Real Sociedad are solid favourites to win this game on Saturday with them being at home and in better league form. The bookmakers best odds are currently coming in @ 17/10 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

The Draw is a good selection for this game with both sides earning that result three times in their last five head to head meetings. The bookies are setting the best odds seen here @ 11/4 with Betfred Mobile – Free £10 + £25 Matches Bet For New Customers

Espanyol are as expected outsiders to actually win this match on Saturday, which is a little shocking by the bookmakers as Espanyol last beat them away from home back in 2012. The best odds are currently set here @ 15/4 with Bet365 – £200 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

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Real Sociedad v Espanyol Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Although we only see Real Sociedad as the team to have much to play for in the remaining five games I can’t see this match being anything but bland. Looking at their last five head to head statistics we may see two to three goals which could be a good option for a bet. So at least their maybe some excitement with the ball hitting the net in Saturdays game, although we should expect Real Sociedad to most of the scoring and winning the game.

Espanyol don’t have anything solid to play for in their remaining games, although they still currently need seven points to avoid relegation. This of course as mentioned above requires Getafe to win all of their remaining games which is unlikely as they still need to face Sevilla and Barcelona. Real Sociedad still have the Europa League to play for as Champions League action will require an absolute miracle and require three teams to drop a majority if not all of their remaining points left up for grabs.

My predictions for this game will favour the home side although my first bet will be for a total goals value of 2 to 3 on the night. The next I am going for is both teams to score and Real Sociedad to win which is a common result if looking at the head to head statistics.

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